Chronic illness is an extremely frightening diagnosis to get from your doctor. How your body will react to the virus is unpredictable. You may be frightened of being unable to do your job, or frightened of being rejected by your friends and co-workers.

Even with test results in hand, a lot remains unknown, and that can provide endless cause for worry. To feel as if you have suddenly lost your health is a tremendous emotional shock.

You may need time to step away from your routine and consider your priorities. Visiting a psychologist may be a helpful way to express what you are feeling and develop a new outlook to help you cope with the disease.

It is important to understand that hepatitis C is not a death sentence.
Medical information can give you the power to understand your disease, but you should be an informed consumer. There are many Internet sites devoted to HCV, but some of them provide incorrect information.